Want to have a web presence but don’t have the time to design a website from scratch, much less code it? Well, there’s WordPress for that! We all know how flexible that blogging platform is, in fact, it no longer qualifies as a blogging tool but rather a full blown CMS for all your website needs. If you need to display your work, but don’t need the headache of having a custom solution made, then you’ll find WordPress to be priceless (actually, it is because it’s free). WARNING: As with anything free, there’s always a catch. Please read this article posted by Siobhan McKeown at WPMU last year on the dangers of free WP themes, so you can make an educated decision before you hit that download button.
Here’s a collection of free WordPress themes that will have you up and running on the web in no time:
Ideal for graphic or web designers, Revolt is a fun and quirky theme which allows you to showcase your best work. If you use the theme on your website, you can also get yourself featured in the community section of the website.
Imbalance is a clean, grid-like theme which puts all of the focus on the images. If you want to accompany your photos with some text, it is displayed when you hover the cursor over the images. Imbalance is suitable for anyone looking for a fresh theme to showcase their work.
From the same designers as Imbalance comes Portfolium, another clean, grid-like theme, but this time with a darker background. Portfolium is suitable for photographers, designers and artists.
Graph Paper Press is a great source for impressive themes for free. Mansion is another grid-based theme, which takes up all of the screen real estate with your photos. Mansion also makes it easier to manage a photoblog with a great backend where you can upload, resize, and crop your images all in one place.
Big Square is the ideal theme if you want to feature a set of photos in each post. This can be a great tool for featuring series of photos or all the photos from one specific shoot.
From the same designer as Big Square, comes Fotofolio, a great theme for photographers or designers who are using their site as a means of attracting new clients. The theme has a professional landing page, space for a portfolio, blog and testimonials.
Design have several impressive free themes for the typography buff, but they are all quite similar, making it even harder to choose which one you might use. The slight variations between each theme include colours, background and various ways of putting the grid-based theme to good use.
Modern is a minimalist black and white, grid-based theme with a sidebar.
Contemporary brings in a dash of yellow the theme, along with a graph-paper like background.
Studio is less traditional and more quirky in its layout. The black and white theme is great for the innovative and creative designer.
Minimal, the last of Dessign’s theme, is also black and white theme which lives up to its name. The theme comes with a custom page template for a portfolio, a blog, and a homepage with incorporates both.